3005 A 'Bristol Blue' 'Sugar Loaf' Decanter.
This is a good example of an early 'Bristol Blue' decanter dating from about 1770-80. The shape is known as a 'sugar loaf' because in the late 18th century, sugar (and salt) were sold in solid blocks of this shape, and this is the name which was used at the time in describing the shape of such decanters.
It is full-bottle size and was never decorated with gilding, as some were. It is fitted with a bevelled inverted pear-shaped stopper which looks to be original.
Date: c.1770- 80
Dimensions: 11.2", 28.5 cm high incl. stopper
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